Atheist mocks Christian Faith as Fair-weathered & lacking substance in true grief; a response…

Atheist mocks Christian faith alleging that faith is only applicable when life is good but wanes when life is sour and remorse engulfs the soul. Please allow me to rebut this hypothesis with reality…

Atheist, Mark D, stated: “A Christian friend of mine likes to say “God will not put more on me than I can bear.” She believes that is true because it’s supported by scripture. I asked her “What do you think the parents of a little girl who is suffering from terminal cancer would say if you told them that? Silence! The little girl invalidates her belief so, like most Christians, she disregards it and continues to believe what she knows in her heart of hearts is simply not true. This is religious faith at its best and reason at its worst. Thoughts?”

Response to Mark…

I watched my daughter die before my eyes and in my arms…the incident only strengthened my faith in my Lord…because He gives and He takes away….I understand this and trust in Him fully. How does that scenario fit into your atheistic nonsense?

It is written in the Book of Job concerning the death of Job’s family…

Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped. He said,

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,

And naked I shall return there.

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. Job 1:20-22 (NASB)

When I responded to Mark, he asked: “How could you love a God who allowed your daughter to die? I am very sorry for your loss.”

Response to Mark…

We all die. Death is the resultant of sin. And I know the purpose and plan of God concerning this life constrained by Time and I know that I will see and love and commune with my beautiful daughter again. I trust in my Lord because He knows the beginning from the end. He is my God and I love Him. King David, at the death of his child, said…

“But now he has died; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” 2 Samuel 12:23 (NASB)

In closing…

The Atheist, those who do not understand the purpose and meaning of this life constrained by Time, simply cannot comprehend or fathom how a Christian can trust in and love our Creator subsequent to an unconscionable tragedy such as the death of a child. Having watched my beautiful daughter suffer and cry-out for my assistance as she slowly passed from this realm of Time, I can testify that my God is faithful and that it is He alone who strengthened me to endure the visceral pain and suffering of that incident.

Hearing a physician tell me my daughter had died and walking into an adjacent room to make funeral arrangements for her body while simultaneously attempting to comfort my Wife in her unconscionable horror, then proceeding to enter my vehicle parked outside the hospital and seeing a partially eaten cookie on or near my daughter’s car seat…then entering her room at home to begin picking-up her toys and removing her bedding before my wife was brought home…the fragrance of my daughter in that room and falling onto my knees and asking God, WHY?

Being extremely ill with strep-throat at my daughter’s funeral, watching my 18-month-old-daughter lying in a casket…I am here to testify that without the faithfulness of God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, I would not have survived this tragedy. Having survived this incident and having watched and handled unconscionable horror, suffering, death, over my 31-years as a Houston Police Officer, I am at a loss as to how a man or woman can navigate this life in Time without the love and peace of the indwelling Holy Spirit…I simply cannot understand the hopelessness that is Atheism. I love my Lord and I thank Him for His immutable mercy and grace and provision!

My only request of my Lord is that He would grant me the honor of servitude in His inner-court in His Kingdom.

This life constrained by Time is NOTHING more than preparation for Eternity. By the tutelage of God’s Spirit, I explain the purpose of this life here:

Rickey D. Holtsclaw

jesus - the lord gives and the lord takes away nkjv

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